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Baumol Part Deux in 2D-Your Cliffnotes To Eduwonky Enlightenment

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

By: Dr. Matthew Ladner

So in our last nerdfest episode, we explored the idea that American K-12 has a severe case of Baumol’s disease- the tendency of labor intensive services to become more expensive over time without a corresponding increase in effectiveness. At some point we will explore some of excuses often weakly offered up in an attempt to explain this collapse in productivity of spending, but for now, we can do something more fun and explore just the weirdness of this trend. You may not have realized it, but the world is getting better and cheaper all the time. K-12 doesn’t have a mild case of Baumol’s disease; it is literally the MOAB (Mother of All Baumols).

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Would you like biggie fries with that geometry assignment?

In School Choice on October 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

By: Mike Thomas

Customer service, once the domain of corporate America, is coming to public schools in Florida. They are rolling out the welcome mat and increasing their menu offerings to ensure their customers – primarily parents — are satisfied.

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Baumol’s disease and the public school

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

By: Dr. Matthew Ladner

I’m going to blog about something really nerdy, but stick with me because it is actually crucial to understanding what has gone wrong with our public schools over the last 50 years. I promise your patience will be rewarded with insight. Paul Hill and Marguerite Rosa explained in 2010 that American public schools are suffering from “Baumol’s disease”:

In fact, nearly all schools look much the same today as they did fifty years ago. Even after waves of reform, including class-size reductions, new curricula, the introduction of forms of school choice, and the implementation of standards and accountability mechanisms through No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the basic structure of education is unchanged. Read the rest of this entry »